FDA Investigating Dozens of Seizures Possibly Linked to Vaping



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FDA Investigating Dozens of Seizures Possibly Linked to Vaping

FDA officials say they're looking into 127 reports of seizures, fainting, tremors or other neurological issues dating back to 2010.

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 reports of seizures or other neurological symptoms possibly related to e-cigarettes.

The agency said Wednesday it is working to determine whether vaping was directly linked to any of the reports.

Dr. Ned Sharpless, the acting FDA commissioner, said the reported cases occurred between 2010 and 2019. In addition to seizures, some people reported fainting and tremors.

Cases were reported in both first-time and experienced e-cigarette users, and "seizures have been reported as occurring after a few puffs or up to one day after use," the FDA said in April. Several people had previously had a seizure diagnosis, and a few had also been using other drugs such as marijuana.

Sharpless said that "we still don't have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents" but called on the public to continue submitting reports about seizures and any other neurological issues.

Additional information "may help us identify common risk factors and determine whether any specific e-cigarette product attributes, such as nicotine content or formulation, may be more likely to contribute to seizures," he said.

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